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The Ghosts of the Greer Building – TxDoT’s Transportation News, October 2003

A few years ago someone asked me if I’d ever heard any weird stories about the Dewitt C. Greer building downtown. They proceeded to tell me they had heard tales of folks seeing blood-smeared walls and other strange haunting phenomena on certain floors within specific rooms.

Recently, as I was working on archiving paper files and periodicals held by the Anomaly Archives, I came across the October 2003 issue (Volume 29, Number 2) of TxDoT’s Transportation News magazine whose cover shouts:

GHOSTS. . . Discovered in the Greer Building !!

The Ghosts of Greer by Mike Cox / Editor

If Harvey Hubert hadn’t fatally stabbed that young Austin man on Halloween night in 1916, he might have lived to see the fine new Highway Department building go up where the Travis County Jail once stood.

But that’s not how it worked out. At 1:50 p.m. on Aug. 23, 1918, Sheriff George Matthews sprang the trap on the gallows inside the jail and Hubert paid for his crime at the end of a rope.

Hubert, 34, had the distinction of being the last of nine men legally hanged in the castle-like stone jail, built for $100,000 in 1876 at the corner of 11th and Brazos streets — present location of the Dewitt C. Greer Building.

Who knows? Maybe Hubert’s spirit has something to do with the mysterious footsteps and strange noises some TxDOT employees have reported hearing at night in the big meeting room and on the eighth floor when the building’s supposedly empty.

But for anyone who believes in ghosts, there are plenty of suspects.

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Summer Flying Saucer Cinema Series

SUMMER FLYING-SAUCER CINEMA SERIES

Saturday Night June 12th / “Rain Day” Sunday the 13th

SUMMER FLYING SAUCER CINEMA SERIES

This new monthly event will be a FREE showing of lesser known “Flying Saucer Films” with a focus on those that have important points to be made regarding the nature of paranormal, UFO and other anomalous phenomena, as well as society’s cultural reactions to UFO related phenomena.

UFO related phenomena and the Modern Wave of Flying Saucer sightings in the United States have had a lasting effect upon American Popular Culture. For that reason we feel it fitting to host this new event series at the South Austin Popular Culture Center (frmly the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture).

Our next showing is … Invaders From Mars, the 1953 original classic.

Go HERE for links to info about the event.

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SUMMER FLYING-SAUCER CINEMA SERIES

Saturday Night June 12th / “Rain Day” Sunday the 13th

FREE FILMS UNDER THE STARS

Presented by the ANOMALY ARCHIVES

At the South Austin Popular Culture Center

1516B South Lamar Boulevard @ 8pm / Film Starts at 8:30pm CST

Please bring your own chair to assure seating

ATTENDEES MUST PARK NEXT DOOR ON COLLIER STREET

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